OrTre Smith appeared ready to announce a list of favorites near the end of last week.
The No. 1 player in the state of South Carolina was fresh off a round of visits to South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson and North Carolina. Over the weekend, in an interview with Jeff Sentell of DawgNation, Smith said his plan was to release a list of his top schools sometime in the near future.
Sentell wrote that Smith believes the Gamecocks are recruiting him the hardest and that he hears daily from head coach Will Muschamp.
“South Carolina is my home,” Smith said. “They are showing me a lot of love as my home in-state school and I appreciate that.
“I like coach (Bryan) McClendon a lot. I know everyone up there. That school is all good with how they are recruiting me right now.”
Smith went into detail about each of the schools he recently visited. Clemson, the school long perceived to be the front-runner, elicited the lengthiest response.
“I grew up bleeding orange,” Smith said. “That’s because my mom went to Clemson. That is cool, but this journey is for me. I am just trying to see where I fit in and where I could contribute the most. I am building a good relationship with coach (Jeff) Scott.
“I also have a really great relationship with coach (Tony) Elliott. We talk a lot and joke all the time. I talked to Coach Elliott a couple of weeks ago and it was a really good talk. He said a lot of really important things to me. I enjoyed that. My recent Clemson visit was great. That cleared up a lot of the air for me with Clemson.”
The targeted announcement date continues to be Sept. 11, his birthday.
South Carolina’s recruiting weekend began with an odd start when Muschamp sent out the commitment signal.
— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 24, 2016
The Big Spur reported Zay Brown as a commitment, but he soon denied that he was a pledge to the Gamecocks, even though he did retweet Muschamp’s #SpursUp hashtag.
His plan is to announce his decision on July 23. Brown is expected to be in South Carolina that Saturday for the Gamecocks next exclusive recruiting event. Wake Forest, Colorado State, Charlotte, Georgia State and Western Kentucky have also offered the No. 112 safety in the class of 2017.
Shortly after Muschamp’s tweet, 4-star CB Tre Shaw went to Twitter to announce his four favorite schools: South Carolina, Auburn, Clemson and North Carolina.
These are my updated top school I will not be doing any interviews at this time. pic.twitter.com/wE6STGxYtA
— ⭐️⭐️Tre' Shaw⭐️⭐️ (@BcgTr3) June 24, 2016
The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect from Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, Ga.) visited South Carolina in April.
WAIT CONTINUES WITH CHARLOTTE OT
As expected, the weekend came and went without a commitment from 4-star OT T.J. Moore. The 2017 prospect from Mallard Creek High School (Charlotte, N.C.) has been on commitment watch since last Monday’s tweet.
Big news coming soon stay tuned! ?
— TJ (@TJ75_) June 20, 2016
Over the weekend, SEC Country learned that Moore visited North Carolina State with his father. A day after the visit, he tweeted about the Wolfpack.
NC State ? ⚪️ showing some love! pic.twitter.com/rb49SVnI6b
— TJ (@TJ75_) June 24, 2016
Moore was reported to be planning a Monday announcement, with South Carolina, Tennessee, N.C. State and North Carolina as the finalists.
South Carolina basketball hosted 4-star SG Naji Marshall of Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, Md.) on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound prospect is ranked as the No. 14 shooting guard in the country. He visited Pittsburgh on Friday.
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